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Lights - phasing out of incandescent lamps

When looking through lighting shops recently I thought about the number of energy inefficient incandescent globes that were for sale - I thought they had been banned already.  Of concern was the number of small globes in chandeliers, giving me another reason not to like them - one chandelier was burning 240W across its six globes.

It turns out that from October 2010, all incandescent 'fancy round and decorative' lamps of greater than 40W will be banned from sale, and in October 2012, all greater than 25W will be banned.  As soon as energy efficient smaller lamps, including pilot lights, are available, their incandescent versions will be banned too.

Details are available from the Australian Government's Energy Rating website.


  1. Dave,
    So how do you find a good exterior globe to shine that extra area - are solar power lights any good? Can you provide some basic stats about what should be used and how it works (area coverage, etc)

  2. Hi Kevin
    I need to think about that and do some searching.

    For the efficiency of CFL's, see this free Choice article:

    We have used solar garden lights and solar Christmas lights. The garden lights were bright, but the solar panels haven't weathered well and are ineffective now - probably a result of our winter weather and short days, as well as the poor condition of the panels.

    The solar powered LED Christmas lights were excellent - very bright and with the advantage of not needing to run cables back to a power outlet. For indoor LED lighting see some of my other posts - select the LED tag to filter the articles.

    As for coverage and brightness of solar lights, I'm not sure where to find such information. I'll give it some thought.

  3. On a related topic, the BrightGreen LED lighting site gives some of the theory and provides comparisons for different types of lights (eg halogen, compact fluorescent, LED). A link to their site is now in an updated version of one of my earlier posts. See the post here.

  4. I've found the problem with our solar garden lights. It looked like water had penetrated the solar panel and they were rusting. I walked past them today and noticed something odd about their appearance. I looked more closely and found that there is a thin plastic film on them. When I peeled it off, I was left with a shiny panel in excellent condition! It looks like that when we put them in we didn't notice the protective film and their poor appearance was only the deterioration of the plastic, not the solar panel.


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